go-cart with lawnmower engine ?

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Old 10-29-04, 12:14 PM
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Question go-cart with lawnmower engine ?


I want to build a go-cart from scratch. Where can I get plans?

I was thinking of using a a 4.5HP - 4 stroke lawnmower engine to power the thing (It would give me an excuse to get a new mower! ). Can I use this engine given that it has a vertical shaft and that I can't install it on its side? If so, how do I get the power to the axel?

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Old 10-29-04, 01:13 PM
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Unless you want to spend a bunch on gears to transfer the vertical shaft to a horizontal power unit. scrap the lawnmower engine and start from TRUE scratch with a horizontal shaft engine. Sorry, just a fact of life.
Old 10-30-04, 05:24 AM
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Question go-cart engine size

Guess the lawnmower engine is out... What would you recommend as HP specs? is a 3.5 HP sufficient ? I'd like to build the go-cart for dirt road (or light offroading).
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